Begin your day with a luxurious, homemade breakfast from one of the local b&bs in Harpers Ferry: The Ledge House Bed and Breakfast, Stonehouse Bed & Breakfast or The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast. Afterward, explore the historic sites at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, like John Brown’s Fort and Jefferson Rock.
For lunch, stop by Bistro 1840 for a sampling of tuna nicoise salad with quail egg or a pancetta mac & cheese with white truffle oil. Then, wash it all down with an English IPA at Mash Brewing Company or a Sour Peach Shenandoah Saison from Abolitionist Ale Works in Charles Town.
Take a quick trip to Bloomery Plantation Distillery for an artisanal blend of vice and virtue with inventive cordials. For dinner, it’s a special meal at the Redbook Restaurant at Hillbrook Inn & Spa. This unique restaurant handwrites every meal in a small red notebook so that no two meals repeat for customers. Enjoy a five-course candlelit prix fixe dinner before retiring to an elegant room at the inn.
Head to Shepherdstown for the Sunday European brunch at the Bavarian Inn complete with oysters on the half shell, assorted pates and terrines, German sausages and sauerkraut and more. Spend the remainder of your morning exploring O’Hurley’s General Store for a unique assortment of old-time merchandise like baskets and knobs and dolls.
Stroll down Shepherdstown’s beautiful German Street for lunch at Bistro 112, the neighborhood French bistro. Try the pate du campagne: housemade pate with mustard, cornichon pickles and crostini. Have an afternoon sip at Town Run Community Pub & Tap House, which serves up craft beers and craft sodas.
Stop by The Press Room, the former space of a printing press for a local Shepherdstown newspaper, for steak with gorgonzola butter or pappardelle with mushrooms, sage, cream and fontina. Retire to a luxurious suite at the Bavarian Inn for the evening
Head to the country’s first spa town: Berkeley Springs for brunch at Tari’s. Try their “Almost Famous Cream of Crab” soup seasoned with sherry. Afterward, relax at the warm mineral spas at the Berkeley Springs State Park bathhouses.
Stop by to see George Washington’s Bathtub – the spot where the first president brought his family to nearly 250 years ago. Make your way up the winding hill to see the Berkeley Castle, which is perched on the ridge overlooking the town. Make your way to the Star Theatre, a historic theater with hot-oil popcorn and real butter.
Dine on upscale comfort cuisine at Lot 12 Public House, under the direction of James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Damian Heath. Seared rare tuna roulade with jicama slaw, wasabi drizzle, ponzu and crispy noodles are a standout appetizer, while the coq au vin features braised chicken, scallion mashed potatoes, cremini mushrooms, bacon and shallots. Top off your meal with a chocolate pot de creme with sea salt.